3D scanning particle tracking velocimetry

Klaus Hoyer, Markus Holzner, Beat Lüthi, Michele Guala, Alexander Liberzon, Wolfgang Kinzelbach

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In this article, we present an experimental setup and data processing schemes for 3D scanning particle tracking velocimetry (SPTV), which expands on the classical 3D particle tracking velocimetry (PTV) through changes in the illumination, image acquisition and analysis. 3D PTV is a flexible flow measurement technique based on the processing of stereoscopic images of flow tracer particles. The technique allows obtaining Lagrangian flow information directly from measured 3D trajectories of individual particles. While for a classical PTV the entire region of interest is simultaneously illuminated and recorded, in SPTV the flow field is recorded by sequential tomographic high-speed imaging of the region of interest. The advantage of the presented method is a considerable increase in maximum feasible seeding density. Results are shown for an experiment in homogenous turbulence and compared with PTV. SPTV yielded an average 3,500 tracked particles per time step, which implies a significant enhancement of the spatial resolution for Lagrangian flow measurements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)923-934
Number of pages12
JournalExperiments in Fluids
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2005


  • Lagrangian
  • Scanning
  • Tracking


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